John Birks “Dizzy” Gillespie October 21, 1917 – January 6, 1993) was an American jazz trumpeter, bandleader, composer and occasional singer. AllMusic’s Scott Yanow wrote, “Dizzy Gillespie’s contributions to jazz were huge. One of the greatest jazz trumpeters of all time (some would say the best), Gillespie was such a complex player that his contemporaries…

Woodrow Charles “Woody” Herman (May 16, 1913 – October 29, 1987) was an American jazz clarinettist, alto and soprano saxophonist, singer, and big band leader. Leading various groups called “The Herd”, Herman was one of the most popular of the 1930s and 1940s bandlead-ers. His bands often played music that was experimental for its time….

Once in a while I receive an album that hits the spot. You know, that special place within that reacts with jazz joy. Joy that comes from the sheer musicality, musos’ competency, great tune/song selection and above, utter professionalism. Larry Fuller’s latest CD is all of the above. From the first note a smile spreads…